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María de Maeztu DTIC-UPF Data-driven Knowledge Extraction Workshop
28 Jun 2016 - 29 Jun 2016

Presentation of DTIC-UPF research in the context of the Maria de Maeztu Strategic Research Program on Knowledge Extraction.

13 Jun 2016 - 09:32 | view
Seminar by Clarence Barlow on the use of speech analysis for the resynthesis by acoustic instruments
14 Jun 2016

On Tuesday, June 14th 2016, at 15:30h in room 55.410, Clarence Barlow, composer from UC Santa Barbara, gives a talk on: "On Synthrumentation - the Spectral Analysis of Speech for Subsequent Resynthesis by Acoustic Instruments".

Abstract: ‘Synthrumentation’ is a technique for the resynthesis of speech with acoustic instruments developed by the composer Clarence Barlow in the early 1980s. Over the past decade instrumental speech synthesis has been thematised by a diverse range of composers (e.g. Peter Ablinger or Jonathan Harvey); however, Barlow’s work is rarely accorded the credit it deserves for the pioneering role it played in this field. This presentation seeks to explain the basic mechanics of the synthrumentation technique and also demonstrate its practical application through an analysis of Barlow’s ensemble piece Im Januar am Nil composed between 1981 and 1984. It should become apparent that Barlow never uses synthrumentation in its conceptually pure form, but rather its realisation is always integrated into an overarching musical context, which reflects Barlow’s general approach to musical invention allowing different factors to interact.
 
8 Jun 2016 - 16:56 | view
Audiophiles Meetup
9 Jun 2016

An open platform & discussion group for the audiophiles in UPF
AUDIOPHILES MEETUP – 9TH JUNE– 4PM
(DEMO ROOM AT MTG)

What is it ? & Objectives !
• An open platform and discussion group for the students to share and discuss their projects related to sound & music computing.
• Networking with the audio-junkies.
• To bring closer SMC master and Audio-Visual engineering undergraduate students in UPF.
• Discuss and share career prospects and research areas within Sound and Music computing.
• Introducing researchers and their projects at MTG.
• Involves open discussions, presentations, workshops, performances, etc.
• Moreover it is a casual gathering and the limitations of the meet-up are within your innovations.

Some topics to be discussed during the meeting
• ‘GlovAid’: a digital musical instrument using a glove.
New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NiME)
• ‘Freesound drumsets using unconventional sounds’.
Music Information Retrieval (MIR)

8 Jun 2016 - 14:20 | view
SMC Master Students' Project Defenses
8 Jul 2016 - 13 Jul 2016

The students of the Master program in Sound and Music Computing are defending their projects next July 8-13 at room 55.309, Tanger Building. Presentations are open to the public. 

Student Title Supervisor(s) Jury members Date Time
Pritish Chandna Audio source separation using deep neural networks Jordi Janer, Marius Miron Emilia Gómez Xavier Serra

 

8/07/2016

 

 

10:00
Blai Meléndez Catalán Key estimation using deep learning strategies Emilia Gómez Agustín Martorell Xavier Serra 10:30
Yile Yang Structure analysis of Beijing opera music Xavier Serra Agustín Martorell Emilia Gómez 11:00
Ignasi Adell Arteaga Automatic detection of audio defects in personal music collections Perfecto Herrera Dmitry Bogdanov Xavier Serra

11/07/2016
 

 

 

 

 

9:30
Pere Calopa Piedra Bass and drums interlocking Sergi Jordà/Perfecto Herrera Perfecto Herrera Xavier Serra 10:00
Chaithanya Jade Interface for rythmic interpolation Sergi Jordà/Perfecto Herrera Panos Papiotis Xavier Serra 10:30
Javier Nistal Hurlé Drum pattern and sample recommendation from beat-box recordings Sergi Jordà/Perfecto Herrera Panos Papiotis Xavier Serra 11:00
Jaume Parera Bonmatí Automatic Dj Perfecto Herrera/Sergi Jordà Sergi Jorda Xavier Serra 11:30
Vincent Zurita Turk Exploring relations between consecutive tracks in EDM Dj sessions with the help of automatic music descriptors Perfecto Herrera & Giuseppe Bandiera Sergi Jordà Xavier Serra 12:00
Íñigo Angulo Otegui Hexaphonic guitar transcription and visualization Rafael Ramirez, Sergio Giraldo Alfonso Pérez Xavier Serra

12/07/2016
 

 

 

9:30
Angel-David Blanco Casares Musical neurofeedback Rafael Ramirez, Sergio Giraldo Alfonso Pérez Xavier Serra 10:00
Kosmas Kristis Gesture recognition for music learning assesment Rafael Ramirez, Zacharias Vamvakousis Alfonso Pérez Xavier Serra 10:30
Konstantinos Patlatzoglou Neural and music correlates of music-evoked emotions Rafael Ramirez Agustín Martorell Xavier Serra 11:00
Roman Tsukanov Tools for building and evaluating new MIR datasets Dmitry Bogdanov Julián Urbano Xavier Serra

 

 

13/07/2016

 

10:00
Daniele Scarano Automatic classification of musical instrument samples Frederic Font, Dmitry Bogdanov Dmitry Bogdanov Xavier Serra 10:30
Eleftherios Stamellos Freesound drumsets using unconventional sounds Frederic Font Dmitry Bogdanov Xavier Serra 11:00

 

8 Jun 2016 - 09:49 | view
SMC students & former MTG member winners of an international musical Turing test

AlgoRhythms is a dance music Turing test for live DJ-ing, co-sponsored with Dartmouth College's Program in Digital Music and Darmouth’s Neukom Institute for Computational Science. AlgoRhythms was one of the three tests (the other two consisting of writing stories and sonnets) proposed to gauge the current intelligence that state-of-the-art creative software is able to demonstrate. 

The eight participants in AlgoRhythms submitted automatic DJing algorithms capable of creating a 15-minute DJ set, only using songs from a prior unseen music collection and an unknown seed song to start with. First, a selected jury of experts and afterwards a jury of listeners/dancers decided on the "human-likeness" of the 15-minute sessions. The system “DadaBots – Jungle Bot” made 50% of the experts believed it was human, whereas in the “field-test”, this one and “DJ Codo Nudo” reached the highest ratings (just 40% of “human-likeness”) and both shared the first price ($2000 each).

“DJ Codo Nudo” was submitted by two UPF Sound and Music Computing Master’s students, Jaume Parera & Pritish Chandna. Jaume is precisely developing his Master’s thesis on the topic of automatic DJing under the supervision of professors Sergi Jordà and Perfecto Herrera, and in connection with the Giantsteps EU project, targeted to research and develop on tools for music creation). On the other hand, “Dada Bots – Jungle Bot” was a system developed by CJ Carr + Zack Zukowski from Medford, MA, USA.

The second prize ($1000) was granted to a former MTG member, Gerard Roma, who submitted “Dub Life”. Gerard was for many years one of the main developers of Freesound. He finished his PhD thesis at the MTG last year and he is now working as research software developer in the Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing of Surrey University.

More info about the contests:

http://bregman.dartmouth.edu/turingtests/

You can listen (and apparently vote, using Chrome or Safari) to the different sessions here:
http://bregman.dartmouth.edu/turingtests/DJPoll

You can soon read about state-of-the-art on Intelligent Music Systems in a special issue of the ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technologies, co-edited by Markus Schedl, Yi-HsuanYang and Perfecto Herrera.

20 May 2016 - 10:58 | view
Open PhD position on Information Retrieval Evaluation

The Department of Information and Communication Technologies, Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona is opening a PhD fellowship in the area of Information Retrieval Evaluation to start in the Fall of 2016.

Topics: evaluation, experimental design, datasets, statistics, user studies, reliability, music similarity, melody extraction.

Requirements: Candidates must have a good Masters Degree in Computer Science, Statistics or Mathematics. Candidates must be confident in some of these areas: information retrieval, machine learning, statistics, have excellent programming skills, be fluent in English and possess good communication skills. Musical knowledge is not necessary. Previous experience in research and a track record of publications is preferable.

Application closing date: 25/05/2016

Start date: 01/10/2016

Duration: 3+1 years

Research lab:  Music Information Research lab, Department of Information and Communication Technologies, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Supervisors: Julián Urbano and Emilia Gómez

More information on grant details:

http://portal.upf.edu/web/etic/doctorat

http://portal.upf.edu/web/etic/predoctoral-research-contracts

Application: Interested candidates should send a motivation letter, a CV (preferably with references), and academic transcripts to Prof. Julián Urbano (julian [dot] urbano [at] upf [dot] edu) before May 20th 2016. Please include in the subject [PhD IR].The Department of Information and Communication Technologies, Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona is opening a PhD fellowship in the area of Information Retrieval Evaluation to start in the Fall of 2016.

Topics: evaluation, experimental design, datasets, statistics, user studies, reliability, music similarity, melody extraction.

Requirements: Candidates must have a good Masters Degree in Computer Science, Statistics or Mathematics. Candidates must be confident in some of these areas: information retrieval, machine learning, statistics, have excellent programming skills, be fluent in English and possess good communication skills. Musical knowledge is not necessary. Previous experience in research and a track record of publications is preferable.

Application closing date: 25/05/2016

Start date: 01/10/2016

Duration: 3+1 years

Research lab:  Music Information Research lab, Department of Information and Communication Technologies, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Supervisors: Julián Urbano and Emilia Gómez

More information on grant details:

http://portal.upf.edu/web/etic/doctorat

http://portal.upf.edu/web/etic/predoctoral-research-contracts

Application: Interested candidates should send a motivation letter, a CV (preferably with references), and academic transcripts to Prof. Julián Urbano (julian [dot] urbano [at] upf [dot] edu) before May 20th 2016. Please include in the subject [PhD IR].

 

17 May 2016 - 12:39 | view
Melodic Contour and Mid-Level Global Features Applied to the Analysis of Flamenco Cantes - JNMR

A paper on melodic similarity in flamenco, co-authored by Emilia Gómez, has been published at the Journal of New Music Research, and is not available online.

Abstract
This work focuses on the topic of melodic characterization and similarity in a specific musical repertoire: a cappella flamenco singing, more specifically in debla and martinete styles. We propose the combination of manual and automatic description. First, we use a state-of-the-art automatic transcription method to account for general melodic similarity from music recordings. Second, we define a specific set of representative mid-level melodic features, which are manually labelled by flamenco experts. Both approaches are then contrasted and combined into a global similarity measure. This similarity measure is assessed by inspecting the clusters obtained through phylogenetic algorithms and by relating similarity to categorization in terms of style. Finally, we discuss the advantage of combining automatic and expert annotations as well as the need to include repertoire-specific descriptions for meaningful melodic characterization in traditional music collections.

This is the result of a joint work of the COFLA project, where the MTG is contributing with tecnologies for the automatic transcription and melody description of music recordings.

This is a video example of the type of styles we analyze in this paper, done by Nadine Kroher last year:

You can read the full paper online:

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09298215.2016.1174717

28 Apr 2016 - 11:45 | view
II Premio DTIC-UPF al mejor Trabajo Final de Grado

Un año más, el Departamento de Tecnologías de la Información y lasComunicaciones de la Universidad Pompeu Fabra convoca el II Premio al mejor Trabajo Final de Grado (TFG) en TIC.

El premio está dirigido a estudiantes de grado que tengan previsto presentar su TFG en el curso académico 2015-2016 en un centro universitario español, público o privado. Los TFG deberán estar relacionados con la temática de los másters de investigación en TIC del Departamento (uno de ellos es el Master en Tecnologías del Sonido y de la Música).

Premios: este año se concederán dos premios, el Premio al Mejor Proyecto de Fin de Grado en España, dotado de 750 euros y matrícula gratuita en el máster DTIC-UPF que el/la candidato/a haya seleccionado en la solicitud (en caso de ser admitido/a); y  la Mención María de Maeztu para la Reproducibilidad en Software.

Plazo de presentación: hasta el 1 de julio de 2016

Bases e inscripción: www.upf.edu/etic/premisTFG

Más información:

28 Apr 2016 - 11:01 | view
PhD fellowship on Music Information Retrieval at MTG

The Music Technology Group (MTG) of the Department of Information and Communication Technologies, Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona is opening a PhD fellowship in the area of Music Information Retrieval to start in the Fall of 2016.

Application closing date: 05/05/2016

Start date: 01/10/2016

Research lab:  Music Information Research lab, Music Technology Group, Department of Information and Communication Technologies, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Supervisor: Emilia Gómez

Duration: 3+1 years

Topics: automatic transcription, sound source separation, music classification, singing voice processing, melody extraction, music synchronization, classical music, computational ethnomusicology.

Requirements: Candidates must have a good Master Degree in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Physics or Mathematics. Candidates must be confident in some of these areas: signal processing, information retrieval, machine learning, have excellent programming skills, be fluent in English and possess good communication skills. Musical knowledge would be an advantage, as would previous experience in research and a track record of publications.

More information on grant details:
http://portal.upf.edu/web/etic/doctorat
http://portal.upf.edu/web/etic/predoctoral-research-contracts
Provisional starting date: October 1st 2016

Application: Interested candidates should send a motivation letter, a CV (preferably with references), and academic transcripts to Prof. Emilia Gómez (emilia [dot] gomez [at] upf [dot] edu) before May 5th 2016. Please include in the subject [PhD MIR].

 

 

15 Apr 2016 - 14:50 | view
PhD Studentship in Technology Enhanced Learning of Music Instruments
PhD Studentship in Technology Enhanced Learning of Music Instruments
Application closing date: 22/04/2016
Start date: 01/09/2016
Research group: Music Technology Group, Department of Information and Communication Technologies, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Duration: 3 years Years Funding available

Applications are invited for two fully funded PhD studentships at the Music Group, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain undertaking research into Technology Enhanced Learning of Music Instruments.

TELMI is a joint project of 3 academic and 2 industry partners: Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain; Royal College of Music, UK; University of Genova, Italy; HIGHSKILLZ, UK; SAICO INTELLIGENCE, S.L. Spain. The aim of the project is to study how we learn musical instruments, taking the violin as a case study, from a pedagogical and scientific perspective and to create new interactive, assistive, self-learning, augmented-feedback, and social-aware systems complementary to traditional teaching. As a result of a tightly coupled interaction between technical and pedagogical partners, the project will attempt to answer questions such as “How will the musical instrument learning environments be in 5-10 years time?” and “What impact will these new musical environments have in instrument learning as a whole?”. More information a bout the project can be found at http://mtg.upf.edu/node/3367

The student will be a member of the Music Technology Group, Department of Information and Communication Technologies, Universitat Pompeu Fabra and will be supervised by Dr. Rafael Ramirez and Dr. Alfonso Perez-Carrillo. The successful candidate will pursue research at the intersection of audio and video signal processing, machine learning and cognitive sciences in the context of music performance pedagogy. The work will involve the development of multimodal signal processing algorithms, design of augmented visual feedback systems and the development of non-intrusive low-cost sensing systems for violin learning/teaching.

Candidates must have a good Master Degree in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Physics or Mathematics. Candidates must be confident in signal processing, have excellent programming skills, be fluent in English and possess good communication skills. Experience in machine learning and music performance would be an advantage, as would previous experience in research and a track record of publications. Interested candidates should apply by sending a full CV and a letter of interest to Dr. Alfonso Perez and Dr. Rafael Ramirez. Informal enquiries can be made by email to Dr. Alfonso Perez-Carrillo (alfonso [dot] perez [at] upf [dot] edu, http://www.dtic.upf.edu/~aperez/) and Dr. Rafael Ramirez (rafael [dot] ramirez [at] upf [dot] edu, http://www.dtic.upf.edu/~rramirez/).
5 Apr 2016 - 18:26 | view
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